10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 1, 2011

Washington Bureau

Riverside Community College Board trustee and two-time congressional candidate Mark Takano announced Friday that he would run for a newly proposed House seat representing Riverside, Moreno Valley, Norco, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

Takano, 50, a lifelong Riverside resident, is the first Democrat to announce a bid for the district proposed in draft maps released by the state’s redistricting panel. As currently drawn, the congressional district would lean slightly in his party’s favor.

If elected, Takano said he would focus on job creation, economic development and education.

“For the people of this district, what really matters to them now is to renew the American dream, the California dream — that opportunity for the future,” Takano said.

While the state’s political lines will not be final until Aug. 15, Democrats narrowly outnumber Republicans in the proposed district, and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown beat Republican Meg Whitman by 6 percentage points there.

“The redistricting commission has done an excellent job of uniting people with common interest,” Takano said. “It’s a district that’s very winnable for a Democrat.”

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